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Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 2) 76

They add these features because there are indeed customers who are swayed by them. So who is dumber, the auto maker or the auto customer? And believe me, there are customers out there right now thinking "2G was a dumb choice, but at least 4G won't go obsolete in 15 years."

Of course you should expect *some* years out of the service at least. I bought a new phone once and a few months later they started transitioning to GSM and connectivity on it started getting worse and worse. All the while I would get mail about bringing in my phone to get a new simcard except that when I did they would say my new phone was too old to get the new simcard. And the phone was not just an older model still on sale, it was a reasonably current model.

Comment Re:Seems plausible (Score 1) 265

People choose words carefully because of several things. Language is a complex protocol to communicate ideas, it may seem a simple concept in the brain but is complicated to get the idea across; break this down with alcohol and you see jumbled words as someone speaks faster than one thinks, and likelihood of profanity can rise Also we're trained to choose words carefully, told that theres a proper way of speaking either in school or at home, but this doens't always happen of course. Finally there is manners and politeness, also taught; someone speaks carefully to be polite or to maintain social standing.

Comment Re:Seems plausible (Score 3, Insightful) 265

"Honesty" can mean many things. Someone who has no verbal impulse control may be honest but it's not necessarily a good sign of character either. Such as when a person is drunk they are more likely to be honest because they lack the inhibition or capability of phrasing their words properly, and similarly drunk people do swear more. Honest also means one doesn't cheat or steal or take advantage of others, etc, which is not the same thing as blurting out the truth without thinking. For example, I'm sure the mugger in the alley will use quite a lot of profanity without being honest.

Comment Re: Fucking bullshit ... (Score 1) 265

He lied about it because his wife was listening. If he'd been asked about it in a bar then presumably he'd be more likely to admit. Problem is he was put in a bad spot when asked that question when he hadn't even been given the chance to break the news to the family first. If you are cheating on your wife, the worst place for your wife to find out about it is on the nightly news on all channels.

There is some legal debate about whether or not this is strictly perjury, which does seem odd. The lying under oath has to be material to the proceedings. Also it's allowed to give evasive or misleading answers to questions under oath. Though impeachment rules are different from normal trials.

The upshot is, that for those who could be accurately described as Clinton's "enemies", this was proof positive, the final "aha!" moment giving them a chance for action after many fruitless years of investigation. And the perjury charge had a majority vote to acquit in the senate during impeachment despite having a majority Republican. But people still hang on to believing he had perjured himself and got away with it who never mention the stronger charge of obstruction of justice (50/50 vote in the impeachment).

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 473

I'm using Windows 8.1. I never see any ads, and I rarely see the tiles. It looks like Windows 7 for the most part, but without the overglossy Aero look and a functional start menu, whereas it does have some improved tools (I like the task manager myself). To me, Windows 8.1 is like having one of those keyboards from the late 90's that had an "Internet" button on them, you learn to ignore the stupid bits and get on with it.

Comment Re:Wow, who saw that coming? (Score 1) 407

It's not really a drought if you ignore all the people. Too many people live here though (I am biased though as native Californian), there's not enough water to go around. I don't want to lock the doors to anyone new coming in but maybe it needs to become a less desirable place to move to.

Comment Re:already out-of-date (Score 1) 407

I see nothing being built or planned today that would justify your statement that will be ready in 7 years. We have some pie in the sky ideas with little basis in reality. We're spending billions already just keeping the freeways and roads in a mediocre state. Best way to get rid of congestion is to stop the morning traffic snarls and evening traffic snarls by removing the 9 to 5 mentality that public has; go to work at noon and go home at nine, or have workers on the night shifts, etc.

Comment Re:Support High Speed Rail (Score 1) 407

If it connects, they will buy a ticket from Merced to San Francisco. Merced is a university city now. Not so many going to Shafter but quite a lot for nearby Bakersfield. This sounds like typical city dweller talk, where no one outside of SF borders matters and no one outside of LA matters, and all rural people are just those too stupid to become baristas in the big city while trying to get an acting job.

Comment Re:Envy is one of the seven deadly sins (Score 1) 407

People keep mentioning hyperloops. Those are inherently more expensive than rail though, so how can a complainer against high costs of rail turn around the support even higher costs for unproven technology? The same problems exist for both: getting right of way from land owners who want to see it fail, getting it where you want to go instead of just two points, dealing with regulatory and environmental hurdles, convincing legislatures that there will be ridership, etc.

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